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Free Movie Night Aims at Bringing Port Chester Families Together

Port Chester Cares Community Coalition and Port Chester Football and Cheerleading Booster Club host showing of "The Lorax" on Sept. 23 at PCHS.

The Port Chester Cares Community Coalition and the Port Chester Football and Cheerleading Booster Club are joining forces to bring families together for some fun.

They are hosting the Third Annual Free Family Film Night on Sunday, Sept. 23 in celebration of this year’s family day, featuring a showing of “The Lorax” at Port Chester High School's Ryan Stadium at 6:30 p.m.

The coalition sponsors community events designed to bring families together for meals and other activities in hopes of encouraging stronger ties among family members.

Last year, about 250 peopel attended the movie night. The Coalition encourages families to bring a picnic dinner to eat together as a family under the stars and enjoy "The Lorax" together.

The Lorax is an adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic story about a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy, yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

Also, the coalition will be presenting the "I Have What It Takes" award to one outstanding senior from each of the fall athletic teams and marching band at the event.

The event will be celebrating CASA’s Family Day, a day to eat dinner with your family. Family dinners are the perfect time to talk to your kids and listen to what their day-to-day entails. 

According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA), “The more often kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs.”  CASA also reports that 84 percent of teens prefer to have dinner with their families than to eat alone. 

Frequent family dining, defined as five or more dinners together per week, is associated with lower rates of teen smoking, drinking, illicit drug use and prescription drug abuse, according to the coalition. Children who eat dinner with their family five or more times per week are, more likely to get As and Bs in school, more likely to think their parents are proud of them and more than 50 percent less likely to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes or smoke marijuana.


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